Pownal Elementary School







If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

An Orchard Comes to Pownal
Thanks to a RetreeUS grant secured by Erica Giddinge, we have 17 new apple and peach trees planted in our newly created PES orchard! Students helped with the planting of this orchard, so if you were not a volunteer, please ask your child about it. A fun time was had by all!!

ACES Day is May 20th
(All Children Exercising Simultaneously)
For this event, the whole school wil hike up Bradbury Mountain. Everyone looks forward to this fun morning. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately (loose fitting clothes, sneakers and a water bottle would be great). If you would like to join us, contact your child's teacher.

Any 4-year olds out there???
We are still trying to locate any 4-year old Pownal children who will be eligible for our preschool program for next year. We don't want to miss anyone so if you know of anyone who has not contacted the school, please ask them to call us!

Picture Packages
We are trying to wrap up our most recent school picture project. If you have not already paid for or returned your child's pictures, please do so within the next couple weeks. If the school returns or pays for 100%, we will be rewarded a brand new bicycle!

Pownal Gear Available
We have closed our sales for this year for Pownal Gear. Thank you to all who purchased items. These sales have helped our 5th grade class raise money for their Boston Trip later this month. This trip is not only educational but lots of fun. Mrs. Moore takes the students to interesting spots in Boston that they might not visit or explore on their own, so again, thank you!

We have three items that can be purchased now in the office. They are:

1 Adult 2XL hooded sweatshirt with the Panther Paw on it. It can also be embroidered with your name ($30)

Call the office if you are interested in any of these items.

It's Budget Time Again for RSU #5
The Board encourages citizens to get involved with this process. Please join us for these important meetings to learn more about our budget an the quality educational programs we are working to provide.

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for May 27th at Freeport High School's gym at 6:30 PM. This is the annual Budget Meeting for budget approval. Durham, Pownal and Freeport residents will vote on the budget Article by Article in a large "Town Meeting" style gathering. Please plan to attend this important meeting!

Target Stores Give Back to Schools
Again this year, Target stores are giving back 1% of your store purchase total when you use your Target Credit or Target Debit REDcard. This is also good on purchases done through Target.com. If you have a Target REDcard and have not enrolled it in this program, do so by going on Target.com and also select the school of your coice. This program runs throughout the 2015 year.

From the Kitchen

When you send a lunch payment in, please remember to make sure your child's name is on the envelope or whatever container the money is sent to school in. Please clear up any lunch or breakfast balances that may be due as the school year is winding down quickly.



CLASSROOM NEWS

Grade 5 Reminders
Monday, May 18th the 5th grade will be going to the Middle School for a fun transitioning activity in the morning. This is a way for Pownal fifth graders to bond with Freeport Middle School students in a fun and relaxing way.

Thursday, May 28th is the Middle School Information Night for 5th grade parents and students. The guidance counselor, principal and a couple students will give a brief overview of the school. It's a great night for questions and concerns. The evening begins at 6:30 PM and is at the Middle School.




FROM THE SPORTS DESK

Track Update
Practices and meets have begun and we have lots of excited runners! A schedule has been handed out with track information and meet dates. If you have not received one from your runner, let the office know and we will send one home to you. May 20th the meet is at Winslow Park in Freeport and May 27th we will be competing at Falmouth.

Grade 1 Swim Sessions
Grade 1 swim sessions continue. The last sessions sessions will be May 21st and 28th. Parents are invited to attend the May 28th session to watch their children swim.

5th Annual Memorial Day Main Street Mile
If you like to run, don't forget the 5th Annual Memorial Day Main Street Mile. It begins at 8 AM and is a Family Walk/Jog/Run race. Registration forms are in the office or register online at www.runinarace.com.


IMPACT Meeting
IMPACT meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the library. Minutes can be found on the IMPACT link on the PES website.

Don't forget to grab your CLINK bags in the office, shop on Amazon Smile, and turn in your Box Tops! Every little bit makes a difference!

Volunteer Opportunities

Share with a classroom opportunity: Do you or anyone you know have or would like to share their knowledge with students on why lichen, moss, bacteria, and/or algae may be growing on gravestones or can identify what the different growth organisms can tell us? Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

Become a Volunteer: Do you have any talents, hobbies, or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies, or interests with PES classrooms. Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their curriculum. IMPACT will be linking these resources creating community partnerships in education. We have had over 30 PES families sign up to receive volunteer need notifications. You can send a message to Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com noting that you would like to join our Volunteer List.

CLYNK Bags, Box Tops, Amazon Smile, and Hannaford Dollars - What a difference your support has made! Your purchases from Amazon Smile gives IMPACT the opportunity to earn money to put toward extracurricular activities. Simply visit smile.amazon.com prior to placing your order and 0.05% of select purchases will be donated to IMPACT.